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Let's have a short conversation with Nicolas Fouilleroux, Sommelier and wine educator.
The Paris Wine Cup Team talks to Nicolas about his perception of the wine industry in France and his vision and foresight regarding newer varietals and wine regions.
Humility, an open mind, patience, resilience
Coping with climate change, and especially by resurrecting traditional almost extinct varieties much more adapted to the current conditions in warmer climates.
In France, it has less evolved then elsewhere but I believe a sommelier is as much someone selecting and pouring wines in the on-trade as a consultant, a wine-educator, a freelance sommelier.
Now as before I’m looking for diversity and typicity if possible (depending on the traditions and the origin) and a wide range of price.
To always be able to answer questions from students about any wine topic.
Yes, in my experience retail customers look more for wines to be consumed apart from food or at least traditional meal. This is especially true of city residents and of less than 50y old consumers. Environmental concern has grown among younger generations of drinkers as well. Less focus on the AOC than on the style for Gen Y and Gen Z I’d say.
Cooler regions maybe (if we mean the whole world not just France) and probably forgotten grape varieties for Mediterranean regions: oeillade, ribeyrenc, terret, muscardin for example in Rhône and Languedoc, or Jura varieties for Tasmania and Victoria in Australia as I witnessed in early 2018.
For personal reasons it could be a Nuits St Georges from 1999.
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